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U19: Arsenal v Galatasaray

Arsenal Under-19s will be chasing a third successive victory in the Uefa Youth League when they face Anderlecht on Tuesday.

The young Gunners sit top of Group D having already seen off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray, scoring seven and conceding just once in the process.

Anderlecht, on the other hand, have had a mixed start to the competition. The Belgians lost 3-0 against Galatasaray, who Arsenal hit for five, before beating Dortmund 5-0 in their last Youth League outing.

Aaron Leya Iseka will Arsenal’s main concern after he netted twice against the Germans, and they will be missing firepower themselves in Kaylen Hinds, who has scored three times already but has not travelled.

Dan Crowley is one of four other players with a Youth League goal to their name and, as designated penalty taker, he could see his tally increase as Anderlecht have committed the second-highest number of fouls in the entire competition.


Dan Crowley scores against Galatasaray

Dan Crowley scores against Galatasaray


Crowley was one of the biggest influences in the Gunners’ 5-1 victory against Galatasaray at the start of October, creating a large proportion of their 20 shots.

Arsenal struggled to break down their Turkish opponents that afternoon but, once Gedion Zelalem had skipped past three defenders to find the net, the goals kept coming. They will be looking to get ahead in Belgium as early as possible.

Tuesday will be the first of two meetings between these sides in the space of two weeks, so the young Gunners will look to stamp their authority on the tie and continue their 100 per cent record in the tournament.

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